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    Hey guys i'm new to this site and the whole concept of putting in a computer in your car. but i've always wanted this. My question is this, if i were to get a in-dash dvd player(Pioneer, Kenwood, etc.) that has a S-video input and get a computer that has a S-Video output would i be able to use the computer like that or would i have to buy a touchscreen(xenarc,Lilliput, etc)?

    Also if it would work with the S-video would i have the touchscreen function with the computer or not?
    thanks.

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    Originally posted by lostcause82
    Hey guys i'm new to this site and the whole concept of putting in a computer in your car. but i've always wanted this. My question is this, if i were to get a in-dash dvd player(Pioneer, Kenwood, etc.) that has a S-video input and get a computer that has a S-Video output would i be able to use the computer like that or would i have to buy a touchscreen(xenarc,Lilliput, etc)?

    Also if it would work with the S-video would i have the touchscreen function with the computer or not?
    thanks.
    I will leave major flaming to others (although you definitely deserve it)

    yes, you can use s-video to s-video. If you don't use touchscreen, you will still be able to use the computer if you have mouse/touchpad/keyboard attached (duh)
    Unless you buy a separate touchscreen or somehow manage to hi-jack the one on the in-dash unit (highly unlikely) you won't have the touchscreen functionality with windows, just with the unit itself.

    Now I answered the questions as you asked them, I neglected to go into important details such as qaulity... but go ahead and that, might prove useful.
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    • #3
      If you had a computer why would you need an in-dash pioneer? Just get a vga screen and forget about the head unit. This reminds me of the beer comercial where they say, "You don't need the lime wedge." Well guess what, you don't need the head unit. A computer can do everything any head unit can do.

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      • #4
        S-Video will suck for reading your computer text. If you don't already own the headunit, don't buy it. Spend the money on a proper VGA screen instead.

        To answer your question: If you get a motherboard that has S-Video output and you get a screen that accepts S-Video input, then YES, it should work together.

        No, you will not be able to use your touchscreen to control the computer. That would require that the touchscreen be somehow hooked up to the computer. With the Lilliput or Xenarc screens, there is a USB cable that connects to a controller, then to the actual touchscreen. Software runs the USB interface and emulates a mouse. If you buy a Kenwood or Pioneer, you would have to figure out how to connect to the touchscreen controller by tapping in to the wires inside the case. If that's not USB, you'd have to write some kind of custom controller software to make it work. Are you prepared to do that?

        Plan on $1,300 for the system. If that scares you, don't waste your money.
        Originally posted by ghettocruzer
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Bugbyte
          S-VHS will suck for reading your computer text. If you don't already own the headunit, don't buy it. Spend the money on a proper VGA screen instead.
          S-VHS?
          You mean S-Video, I'm certain.

          Thinking about it, I haven't used a videotape in almost 5 years....
          Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
          How about the Wiki?



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          • #6
            S-VHS?
            You mean S-Video, I'm certain.
            DOH! Yes, S-Video.
            Originally posted by ghettocruzer
            I was gung ho on building a PC [until] just recently. However, between my new phone having internet and GPS and all...and this kit...Im starting to have trouble justfiying it haha.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by slappy
              If you had a computer why would you need an in-dash pioneer? Just get a vga screen and forget about the head unit. This reminds me of the beer comercial where they say, "You don't need the lime wedge." Well guess what, you don't need the head unit. A computer can do everything any head unit can do.
              really? this is news to me...

              i guess you have a shíte sound system in your car then?

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              • #8
                Owwwww man... 2 posts and already saying stupid things... better read-up or shut up
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by JC-S60
                  Owwwww man... 2 posts and already saying stupid things... better read-up or shut up
                  ha..

                  if whoever my original comment was posted to (erm, not you) has a soundcard worhy of bettering an indash dvd player (Pioneer/Kenwood was mantioned iirc) then i totally retract my comments..

                  actually, since you got on your high horse, perhaps you'd care to find me an economically viable audio solution through a "carputer" that will better say a Pioneer avh p-7500 unit.
                  that'll be 24-bit burr brown dacs please

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by kw_maher
                    ha..

                    if whoever my original comment was posted to (erm, not you) has a soundcard worhy of bettering an indash dvd player (Pioneer/Kenwood was mantioned iirc) then i totally retract my comments..

                    actually, since you got on your high horse, perhaps you'd care to find me an economically viable audio solution through a "carputer" that will better say a Pioneer avh p-7500 unit.
                    that'll be 24-bit burr brown dacs please

                    I am no expert on this, but there is a whole separate part of the forum for the audio questions like that... there is even a sticky on the subject, and there are some people here that are running without headunits and seem to have survived just fine.

                    http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/show...99639#poststop

                    The sound producing part of her setup (CarPC and processing unit) is cheaper than the pioneer unit you were talking about. In fact the price tag of another Pioneer unit (AVIC N1) is what made me consider the carputer approach to begin with.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by rushnrockt
                      I am no expert on this, but there is a whole separate part of the forum for the audio questions like that... there is even a sticky on the subject, and there are some people here that are running without headunits and seem to have survived just fine.
                      yes, thanks for the advice.
                      i was just pointing out the unhelpfullness of everyone replying to this thread with pointless information.

                      the arrogance of that slappy chap just killed the thread.

                      with a name such as "mp3car.com" im not surprised that people are so uninterested in sound quality.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by kw_maher
                        yes, thanks for the advice.
                        i was just pointing out the unhelpfullness of everyone replying to this thread with pointless information.

                        the arrogance of that slappy chap just killed the thread.

                        with a name such as "mp3car.com" im not surprised that people are so uninterested in sound quality.

                        you should read my edited post, indeed there are people that care about the quality of their sound, and actually succeed at getting it. I can't see how slappy was arrogant, he was just suggesting skipping on something that can be one expensive part of the setup, if you have issues with the way it was worded, that's something else, other than that, he had a very sound advise.
                        And despite you being a member of this forum since 2003, you have only 4 posts.. and apparently even less searches of the forum. The Audio part has people discussing the sound quality all the time, and most of them strive for better, not just barely tolerable.
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                        • #13
                          Maybe if you'd read something on this board you'd know that you shouldn't "judge a book by its cover".

                          I'm sorry for not being helpfull, but you're rather doing worse by spreading mis-information.

                          I'm no expert either, but my soundcard DOES have a 24 bit DAC and if people are competing in SQ-contests without a head-unit, I think all I can do is say slappy has it right. Maybe he could have put it a bit more mildly, as could I.
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                          • #14
                            Frankly, I was being kind to lostcause82 who could have done his own search and found the thread where somebody else recently asked this exact question and the answer was -probably not, and if you could it would be hard. That thread is here:

                            I'm sorry for sounding condescending in my note. Rereading it, I can see how that might be the case. I was pressed for time and worded it a little tersely.

                            And frankly, while you may be surprised by people's lack of interest in sound quality, I'm constantly amazed that people try to go cheap on the visual interface and then whine about it afterwards.

                            For a discussion of carputer vs. headunits, take it to this thread: http://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/show...er+touchscreenhttp://www.mp3car.com/vbulletin/show...threadid=43021
                            Originally posted by ghettocruzer
                            I was gung ho on building a PC [until] just recently. However, between my new phone having internet and GPS and all...and this kit...Im starting to have trouble justfiying it haha.
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                            • #15
                              Oh, and BTW, there are soundcards available that make your nifty HU a toy, if you would compare them.

                              Just think recording-studio equipment. I don't think your HU is used in any studio, is it?

                              Bugbyte gave a very complete answer, and slappy his opinion.

                              You came in and called a member's soundsystem ****ty, whereas the original poster didn't even ask for extremely high soundquality
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